(noun, adjective)


1. confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle

- a compilation of esoteric philosophical theories

Similar word(s): abstruse, deep, recondite, arcane, cabalistic, cryptic, cryptical, kabbalistic, qabalistic, sibylline, mysterious, mystic, mystical, occult, orphic, secret, private

Sentences with esoteric as an adjective:

- The writing in this manual is very esoteric; I need a degree in engineering just to understand it!

- an esoteric purpose

- an esoteric meeting


1. An esoteric doctrine or treatise; esoteric philosophy.

2. One who believes, or is an initiate, in esoteric doctrines or rites.